What's My Line?

Season 8 Episode 5


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Sep 30, 1956 on CBS
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Game 1: George Stevens (12/18/1904 - 3/8/1975) - "Movie Producer-Director, Shane, A Place in the Sun, Giant" (as Mystery Guest #1 and the panel was blindfolded, but the regular questioning format was used; self-employed; his works include "I Remember Mama" (1948), "A Place in the Sun" (1951), "Shane" (1953) and "Giant" (1956) among others)

Game 2: Mrs. Diana R. Hartley - "African Big Game Hunter" (self-employed; Caucasian; born in Ireland; currently from Kenya, Africa; see notes below)

Game 3: Claudette Colbert (9/13/1903 - 7/30/1996) (as Mystery Guest #2)

Game 4: Mrs. Ida Frandsen - "Puts Strings on Yo Yos" (salaried; she works for the Donald Duncan Yo-Yo Company in Luck, Wisconsin; John said that a team of 7 women string 80 gross of yo-yos per day - I did the math, and that adds up to 11,520 toys per day for a whopping 1,645 completed toys per woman; from Luck, WI)

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    John Daly

    John Daly

    Moderator (1950-1967)

    Arlene Francis

    Arlene Francis

    Regular Panelist (1950-1967)

    Bennett Cerf

    Bennett Cerf

    Regular Panelist (1951-1967)

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

    George Stevens

    George Stevens

    Mystery Guest #1

    Guest Star

    Claudette Colbert

    Claudette Colbert

    Mystery Guest #2

    Guest Star

    James Mason

    James Mason

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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    • NOTES (5)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the second contestant at eight down. The panel had not come too close on this one, though Arlene opened the door by identifying the fact that the contestant worked with animals. In the final game, John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at seven down because time ran out. The panel had been given only about three minutes for this game and never really came close. - agent_0042 (2008)

        BASEBALL ON THE BRAIN: Bennett was given the first question for the mystery guest round and immediately asked if the mystery guest had recently pitched a no-hit game. (Bennett was thinking of Dodgers pitcher Sal Maglie, who is a guest on next week's show.) Bennett has been suspecting a baseball-related mystery guest for the past few episodes, but has not been rewarded. Of course, baseball was likely on the minds of the nation at the time, as this episode was broadcast just one day before the beginning of the 1956 World Series. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: The main sponsor this evening is Remington electric shavers. And as seems to be increasingly rare in this period, the top of the sign-in board matches the panel desk billboard.
        (2) This was James Mason's only turn as a guest panelist on "WML?," among the six total appearances he made on the program. Less than a year from tonight's show, Mr. Mason starred in the 1957 movie "Island in the Sun," which also featured Joan Fontaine, Dorothy Dandridge, Joan Collins and Harry Belafonte. Of these people, only Miss Dandridge (whose death in 1965 fell in the same year as Miss Kilgallen's) was never on "WML?"
        (3) For the only appearance on "WML?" of producer/director George Stevens, his name was shown as an upper-third display as he was signing in, and then his "Movie Producer-Director - 'Shane,' 'A Place in the Sun,' 'Giant'" overlay (set, as all overlays tonight, in Futura Demi Bold) was shown right afterwards, as he was taking his seat. After the 1965 flop "The Greatest Story Ever Told," Mr. Stevens only directed one more picture, "The Only Game in Town" (1970), which starred onetime "WML?" mystery guests Elizabeth Taylor and Warren Beatty. This film, one of the most infamously expensive flops in the history of the medium, was featured as part of "The Elizabeth Taylor Wing" in Harry and Michael Medved's 1984 book "The Hollywood Hall of Shame: The Most Expensive Flops in Movie History."
        (4) This was the first of two "WML?" appearances of famed actress Claudette Colbert, and the only time her mystery guest shot went relatively smoothly. Her next stint as a mystery guest unfortunately fell on the raucous EPISODE #482 of September 20, 1959, when "The One, The Only" Groucho Marx sat in as a guest panelist and all but monopolized the show with his antics. Five days prior to tonight's show, on September 24, 1956, Mademoiselle Colbert starred in an episode of "Robert Montgomery Presents" entitled "After All These Years."
        (5) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Following the travel arrangements plug for American Airlines, the end credits -- dismally "crunched," as usual, by GSN on its October 3, 2008 airing of this episode -- went no further than executive producer Gil Fates' art card.
        (6) THE END OF THE "BASIL RATHBONE" ERA ON "TNTS": The October 3, 2008 airing of tonight's show by GSN was followed by the March 30, 1954 edition of "The Name's the Same," hosted by Robert Q. Lewis. This was the last time Basil Rathbone sat in on the panel, the remainder of which consisted of Bess Myerson, Gene Rayburn and Joan Alexander. The celebrity guest on this "TNTS" episode was veteran actress Billie Burke, one of a handful of major stars of "The Wizard of Oz" who never appeared on "WML?" - W-B (2008)

      • REVIEW: The panel once again had a .500 night. In the first game, Dorothy correctly identified producer/director George Stevens. Stevens was in town to promote his upcoming release, the classic "Giant." Of course, this film would long be remembered for being James Dean's final film. In the second game, the panel was utterly stumped by the female big game hunter. However, this was a somewhat bizarre game due to the fact that she seemed somewhat confused and also because she took an awfully long time to answer some of the panel's questions. In the mystery guest round, Bennett managed to identify his good friend Claudette Colbert. In fact, it seemed as if the panel knew who she was from the get-go. In the final game, the panel ran out of time, so the yo-yo stringer "wound up" (pun intended!) winning the full $50 by default. - Sargebri (2005)

        As was mentioned earlier, George Stevens was in town to promote his upcoming film "Giant." He also was responsible for writing several classic Laurel and Hardy comedies for Hal Roach Studios, as well as producing "Shane." Another classic he was responsible for was "The Diary of Anne Frank." However, one of his biggest failures essentially ruined his career when he released the star-studded 1965 film on the life of Christ, "The Greatest Story Ever Told." The epic film was trashed by the critics and did very poorly at the box office. After that, Stevens' career basically was over. - Sargebri (2005)


        From "White Hunters: The Golden Age of African Safaris" by Brian Herne, 1999, page 314

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        After (her husband) Lionel Hartley's death, Diana took her two young children and stayed for a while with Carr Hartley's family at Rumuruti. There she met one of Carr's employees, an Austrian named Heini Demmer. Diana promptly went into an animal-trapping partnership with Demmer - to supply zoos - in direct competition with Carr Hartley, Diana's brother-in-law. Later still, Diana Hartley married Eddie Knodi, a chef at Nairobi's Norfolk Hotel.
        Violence continued to stalk the family. Diana's own mother, Mary, was hacked to death with machetes by Mau Mau thugs who attacked the family's Nyeri farmhouse during the Mau Mau Emergency. Diana's seventy-year-old stepfather, Gray A. Leakey, who was a blood brother of the Kikuyu tribe, was dragged off by the same gang and buried alive (on Mount Kenya as a human sacrifice to the Mau Mau gods) in October 1954. Gray and Mary Leakey are now in the same grave at Nyeri cemetery.
        Diana Hartley Knodi also died tragically. She was killed by a "tame" lion while working on the 1962 Hollywood epic about professional animal catchers, "Hatari!" On November 1, 1960, Diana Knodi entered the lion's cage and it sprang on her. It bit her three times, on the chin, throat, and chest, then mauled her to death. White hunter Bill Ryan, who was on the film set nearby, commented, "Diana should never have got into the cage with that lion. She didn't have a chance."
        Diana's only son, also named Lionel, began his professional hunting apprenticeship in 1970 with myself (Brian Herne) and Nick Swan. He was in the hunting business for seven years, until March 1977.

        (end quote)

        - Suzanne (2005)

      • Tidbits: James Mason introduces Dorothy as "Red Kilgallen." Her red hair is still generating lots of attention. - Suzanne (2005)

        James Mason (5/15/1909 - 7/27/1984)

        Panel: Arlene Francis, James Mason, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

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